Commuter Bikes Buyer's Guide

Whether you're tired of sitting in traffic or just fancy getting some exercise on the way to work, a commuter bike is a great choice for travelling to and from work. Commuter bikes allow you to beat the jams, get your heart rate up, and save some serious cash, so here's our guide to choosing the right one for you.

What is a commuter bike?

Pretty much any bike that you ride to work can be classed as a commuter bike, but there are a few models out there that are designed specifically for people who cycle in urban areas, do some of their journeys on public transport, or riders who have bags, briefcases or a spare change of clothes that need to be factored in. Some of our best-selling commuter bikes include:

Folding bikes

Using innovative design and engineering, folding bikes can go from fully-functioning commuter bikes to folded up and hidden under a desk or stowed in the luggage section on a bus or train in minutes. Folding bikes often feature light, reduced-size frames and wheels to keep the overall weight of the bike down, but may still retain normal seat and handlebar height to remain comfortable to ride.

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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes are particularly popular with commuters thanks to the fact that they borrow aspects from both road and mountain bikes, as they’re fast and easy to pedal, but are still capable of handling more rugged terrain.

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Road and Mountain Bikes

As mentioned, you don't have to buy a specific bike to commute to work, but it’s best to choose one based on your needs and the type of riding you’ll be doing.

For those who take detours off road, a mountain bike is a good choice. Most will come with either a front, rear, or full suspension, providing an excellent ride quality. You’ll also find generous gearing.

If you’re commute is solely by tarmac, and you like to ride fast, a road bike is for you. Road bikes have skinnier tyres and aerodynamic frames, but the ride position can be harsh if you’re not used to it.

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Cycle2Work Scheme

If you're looking at getting a new commuter bike, you may want to think about the cycle to work scheme. This government scheme is designed to get more people riding to work by allowing cyclists to hire their bike for a specific length of time, before buying it for a much-reduced cost at the end of the arrangement. Many of our bikes are available under the scheme, but check the make and model against the list of eligible bikes before purchasing.

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Electric Bikes

E-bikes are becoming very popular for commuters thanks to the "assisted pedalling" feature that comes with having a battery and motor attached to your bike. This is especially handy on hills, with the motor doing all the hard work for you as you pedal. This means you can ride harder and longer at evenings and weekends, but it also means you can have an effort-free commute if there are a few hills between you and the office.

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Commuter bike features

Here are the key features you’ll need to consider when choosing your commuter bike:


If you're cycling to work, you'll likely need to store your bike at both the office and at home. If this involves carrying it upstairs, storing it in a bike shed or locker or taking it on a bus or train, then you'll be thankful for a bike that is light to carry.


Again, if you don't have a great deal of space at each end of your commute or need to factor in public transport, then a folding bike may be the best choice.

Bags and panniers

If you take a laptop to work or need a rain jacket at hand to keep your clothes dry, then you might want to get a bike with a rear rack or panniers. These options are more comfortable than a backpack and they're stored nicely out of the way on the wheels, so they won't affect the bike's centre of gravity.

The best commuter bikes

Folding bikes

Raleigh Evo 2 Folding Bike

Easy to fold away, the Raleigh Evo 2 Folding Bike is perfect for commutes that include public transport. It comes with a lightweight alloy frame, 7-speed Shimano gearing and dependable alloy V-brakes.

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Carrera Intercity Folding Bike -Grey

For a component and quality upgrade, a Carrera Intercity folding bike is a good option. You'll get a comfort seat, Shimano gears and alloy wheels for additional robustness on bumpy roads or pavements.

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Folding Bike Bag

If you decide on a folding bike, then don't forget to check out a folding bike bag. Our folding bike bag is ideal for taking your folding bike into the office on onto the bus or train.

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Electric bikes

Carrera Crosscity Electric Bike

The Crosscity is the perfect solution for those who want a reliable commuting bike with that added assistance. Its 313Wh battery will power the motor for up to 30 miles off a single charge, enough to power the longest of commutes!

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Hybrid bikes

Carrera Subway 1 Hybrid Bike

A great hybrid bike for commuters is the Carrera Subway 1 hybrid bike. Incredibly versatile, the Subway features a new memory foam saddle for unrivalled comfort. You’ll also find easy-to-use Shimano 2x8 gearing and a durable alloy frame.

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Pendleton Somerby

One of our favourite hybrid bikes is the Pendleton Somerby. This stylish ladies bike comes with a rear luggage rack as standard and there are plenty of connection points for additional panniers. There's even space on the front for an additional wicker or aluminium basket!

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High-quality bike build

If you don't have the time or tools to put your new commuter bike together, then let Halfords do the hard work for you! For bikes over £250, one of our expert technicians will build your new bike for no additional charge and even get rid of the packaging for you! For those less than £250, we’ll complete a full bike build and safety check for only £10.

It's also worth bearing our CycleCare services in mind too. Depending on the service level you opt for, we'll repair or replace worn out parts, keeping your bike in top shape well into the future. You can also bring your bike to your local Halfords store for unlimited free safety checks at any time.

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